September 04, 2006

"I'm not satisfied with things that don't test my abilities...": Charlie Engel, 43, of Summerfield (North Carolina), will attempt to run 50 miles for 10 to 12 hours a day for 80 straight days across the Sahara Desert in northern Africa. He and two others -- Kevin Lin of Taiwan, and Ray Zahab of Canada -- will seek to become the first to run 4,000 miles across the Sahara.

posted by NoMich to extreme at 11:17 AM - 6 comments

Charlie should go diving off the coast of Cairnes next.

posted by billsaysthis at 12:45 PM on September 04

Engle, who kicked alcohol and cocaine addictions to become an ultra-marathoner His earlier addictions sounded a little more fun.

posted by psmealey at 01:48 PM on September 04

No dis on him, but he's replaced one addiction with another.

posted by chicobangs at 02:39 AM on September 05

I am a seven year recovered alcoholic, but I'm not going to run the Sahara. Idiot.

posted by Psycho at 09:34 AM on September 05

His earlier addictions sounded a little more fun. Yeah, and maybe more healthy too.

posted by Bill Lumbergh at 09:49 AM on September 05

I enjoy running, even trail running. But I have no idea how something like this could be even possibly thought of as rewarding in any way. Three months of 50-milers everyday... in the GD desert? No, gracias. Really.

posted by nicotine winning patch at 11:12 AM on September 05

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